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Fun times and memories made

Oh my goodness. This week has been such a whirlwind I don’t even know where to begin. I was originally going to post this as my Wordless Wednesday post but we were amidst our travels and the in air wi-fi wasn’t working on one of our flights so instead of posting at 12AM Thursday morning when we got home I just opted to skip this weeks Wordless Wednesday.

Soooo where to start, oh yes on Saturday my husband mentions taking the kids to Kennywood. I said sure that’s fine, you know the kids will love it. Well I never heard anything more about it so I assumed he nixed the idea. Fast forward to Tuesday afternoon my husband comes running in asking if I am ready. Laughing I told him no, you never told me when we were leaving I haven’t even packed!  Forty minutes later we were at the airport, packed with the kids in tow waiting to board the plane. Are we a little crazy….possibly. Ready for an adventure….absolutely!

Our flight got in a little before 11pm and we immediately headed to the hotel. Once checked in we grabbed a quick bite to eat (nothing beats pancakes in the wee hours of the night) and then got back to the hotel to put the littles to sleep. The following morning we got up, got dressed, ran out the door with a quick stop along the way to get some discount tickets (always make sure to search for deals before going to a new place, we ended up saving $10 off each ticket ($50) and got all five of us in for the price of one Disney Land ticket! ).

And now to the pictures….there are a lot.

My little family heading in to Kennywood
 Little man having a blast in kiddie land and baby girl keeping him company
 This picture cracks me. He was so excited to go on this and he kept bouncing back and forth between scared and loving it. This happens to be his scared face LOL

 Everyone enjoying their ride on The Whip

 
 You can’t see them but in the front seat of the boat sat my two babies
 
 Doing the “I just got soaked and it was awesome” dance
 Daddy and his princess on the swings
 My handsome boy
If there ever was a sign on fun being had at the end of the day this would be it. They were completely passed out!
Even though this was a very short trip it is one I will treasure forever and one I hope my kids will be able to look back upon with nothing but happy thoughts.
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Entering the world of Pre-K and 2nd Grade

I am not sure who is more emotional about my baby girl starting Pre-K and my son starting 2nd grade, them or me. No I lie, I know who it is, it’s totally me. Ummm, wait I take that back. That only applies to my son. He has no qualms about walking into school with his head held high and ready to tackle the world that is a new school. I am beyond proud of him for this.
My husband waited in the car with the two little’s while I walked in with my oldest. He had mentioned a few times last night that he was worried that he wouldn’t remember where his classroom so I reminded him where it is and the room number but I couldn’t just let my little man walk in alone on his first day of school. That just not how I roll. So in we went, hand in hand. He was very quiet so I think he was a tad nervous but once we got to his room we said our goodbye’s and off he went to an empty seat. My sweet boy chose a table right up front.
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Now my daughter, that’s another story. She may be cute, shy, quiet and totally princess like but she is also quite dramatic and has some anxiety to her. So I prepared myself for the tears, the no mommy I don’t want to stay, the please don’t go and the screaming. But what I was faced with was the complete opposite. I am still in shock over what an easy transition this was for her. She immediately sat in her chair and started coloring and smiling and did shed a single tear when I said goodbye. She was so calm and I was so proud. Of course I didn’t actually leave until five minutes after I said goodbye. I kept peeking into the window and checking on her but she was fine. She was just sitting at her table coloring, totally in her element. I couldn’t be more proud of my baby girl.
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At seven last night she crashed, I guess the day wore her out.

All in all it was a GREAT first day of school for my babies.
By the way I was doing just fine, no crying from me after dropping my babies off. That is until I talked to my Dad and as soon as he asked “so how are you doing” the tears just started to flow. I blame him LOL

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Clothes shopping for children

For me half the enjoyment of clothes shopping for my little’s is getting home and trying it all on them. There are so many cute styles out there it can be overwhelming sometimes so I tend to keep it simple and not go overboard. Sometimes that is a little easier said then done, especially if you are shopping with all of your kids so just remember if things seem to be going haywire you can always come back OR you can shop online. 
Sometimes you can get a better deal if you shop online. Many retailers will offer a special discount only good online. And keep your eye out for free shipping offers. If they are running a free shipping offer remember that you can still use an online coupon in addition to the regular promotions going on. 
I took my son shopping out here a few weeks ago and was quite unimpressed with the selection of boys clothes. We did manage to get a new wardrobe but that was after visiting four separate stores. So to avoid the hassle of running all over the place for my daughter I looked online. 
My go to place was The Children’s Place and it just so happened that they were having a free shipping promotion so I knew I would at least be getting the same price as I would in the stores minus the cost of gas. Some of the best times for clothes shopping is as retailers are bringing in new seasonal looks because the prior seasons looks will all be on markdown. Because of this I got items that were normally 15-20% more and I also had a 15% off coupon.
I even snagged this adorable backpack for only $10.80 after their regular sale and coupon. I saved $6.15. We also got the matching lunchbox that I saved $2.88 on.
Here’s a breakdown of what I saved:
Six shirts normally $10.50 each received for $5.10 each 
Lunchbox normally $7.95, received for $5.07
Backpack normally $16.95, received for $10.80
Pintuck shirt normally $19.95, received for $10.20
Two jeans normally $14.00 each, received for $10.20 each
Scarf normally $8.95, received for $5.10
Total savings over $62.00
And that’s not counting the free shipping. 
Now while the wait for the items to come by mail can be hard, especially if you are one of little patience (like I tend to be sometimes) but one thing I have to say about The Children’s Place is they are awesome at getting orders out ASAP. We received our order only four days after placing it online. Told you, awesome! And what fun would it be to look at all these new clothes without having a mini fashion show put on by my daughter. 
So without further ado I would like to welcome baby girl modeling some of her new clothes.

This is my favorite outfit, I think it’s hers too. Can you tell she loves scarfs
 

Little man wanted to get in on some of the action 
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Chop chop, it’s all gone

I have held firm that I will not cut my youngest hair for over three years now. He has some of the best hair, long ringlets and it’s seriously just awesome. The downside, tangles. Lots and lots of tangles which turns into a hard time getting him to sit still to brush his hair. I have been thinking lately of getting it trimmed but never went to do it. I may or may not live parts of my life in denial so not everything gets done as planned. What can I say, I am stubborn. Well hubs wanted to take our oldest for a hair cut and asked our youngest jokingly if he wanted his hair cut and of course he says yes. So off we all went.

A little history. Since moving here within the first week I had over 20 people tell me what a cute girl he was. At first I would just politely tell them “she’s” a BOY and move on. When hubs heard it he was not happy and of course wanted to chop his hair. While he was getting his hair cut a lady was talking to hubs and again called him a she and when he was done was like oh I’m so sorry I thought he was a girl. FINALLY the hubs realized it’s not just his hair it’s his face. He has a baby face and I think that contributes to outsiders confusion.

She asked how we wanted it cut and I told her just a few inches, my hubs says to the ears, I retort with absolutely not that’s too short and we end up with it being about two inches shorter then I wanted and even shorter then the hubs asked for. 
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About three inches (possibly more) gone

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My handsome man. I was good with this lengt

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The end result.

He looks so different but at the same time so much more like his big brother did at this age.

I can’t deny the cuteness of my boy, long hair or short but you do have to admit that it is a drastic change, and I miss those curls!
But hey it’s hair and hair does grow back.
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Summer lovin…had me a blast

Were getting settled into the new house, slowly but surely we will eventually get there. One thing I am having to get used to is the heat. I’ve never really been one for high temps, even though I’ve lived in Palm Springs, Texas and Georgia. You’d think I would be used to it by now but alas I am not.
So yesterday morning while the littles ate their breakfast and I drank my coffee I decided to blow off my responsibilities and make a run to the store with one goal in mind. Okay actually two. First get some bug spray to kill these pesky ants that seem to love our house so much they have breached our defense systems and come into four rooms inside, and two, buy a kiddie pool. Of course the kids only cared about the second one, I mean really it was the only one involving fun and I will admit I was excited too.
By the time we got home it was over an hour later because I don’t stick to lists and I am an impulse buyer, so by then it was lunch time. While the kids chowed down on food I prepared the blow up pool. I don’t think anyone finished their lunch out of pure excitement so I just had them get in their suits and come outside with me to “help” me fill the pool.
This is the end result.
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I love this picture, like seriously love it. My three babies holding hands jumping in together while my oldest is completely airborne, awesome!
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Blowing off unpacking was absolutely 100% worth it! 

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Taking a break from packing

It’s go time over here. My husband and I made a trip back out to Oklahoma with one thing to accomplish…find a house. Day one of our search and we accomplished our mission. I never expected it to be that easy. We found a house that fits all of our needs and icing on the cake, the backyard is HUGE. And when I say huge I mean seriously huge. The home is on 1/3 of an acre. Hubs said he almost needs a riding lawnmower which of course our realtor and the sellers found hilarious, they don’t know him well enough to know he was serious LOL. With three kids the yard is a wonderful thing. My oldest and I already have plans for a vegetable garden. 
So now that we’ve found the house it’s time to get packing up our current digs. I am a bit of a moving specialist. We have moved eleven times in ten years. Maybe a little bit overkill but that was our old track record. We liked to move. Now, not so much. I am over the little high that comes along with packing up, moving and unpacking. I’m thinking the little fairy movers need to come over and pack while I am sleeping so I can wake up the next morning and have everything completed. Yeah wouldn’t that be nice. D day is in two weeks so it’s crunch time for me. So far today I have packed eleven boxes and it’s only 2:00 pm. Hoping to make it to twenty boxes and then I’ll call it a day. 
Since this is our first move with our youngest being old enough to stand at my feet and want/beg to help I am taking advantage. Here are a few tricks I have been doing today to help me keep my sanity and let the kids help.
  • Give them their own box to pack
  • Let them choose what they would like to pack i.e. toys, clothes, books, etc.
  • When packing your linens do a little assembly line with your children handing one the linens and passing down until they are in the box (so far this is the kids favorite).
  • When clearing out the junk let the kids help in throwing stuff away. Not sure if it’s just my kids but they seem to love throwing stuff in the trash.
  • Assign designated box holders for when you are assembling your boxes and rotate between your children. So maybe have one do the holding while you set up in the bathroom and another while in a bedroom. 
  • While going through your children’s toys bring out a separate box marked “donate” and ask your kids to choose which toys they would like to keep and which toys they no longer wish to keep and would like to give to another child who may not have toys. 
So far things are going smoothly. I know it’s only the beginning and I probably should talk like that so I don’t jinx it but, well yeah I don’t play by the rules and I am just happy my kids are as excited as we are about the big move. 
And what would a post be without some pictures!

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Schools out for summer!

And yes I am singing it like Alice Cooper because I am that excited! 
This last month has been crazy busy. With my youngests birthday party, my oldests field trip, then his school performance, his last day of school annnnnd my husbands last day of school, of course filed with finals that he stressed hard core about. Not even going to count how many times my kids have been sick this month. I am so glad to be saying/singing good bye to the 2010/2011 school year. Peace out. Thank you for the memories but seriously summer 2011 BRING.IT.ON!
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Little mans last day of school. I am proud Mommy  
And on a random side note I have decided that when we move I will be doing a garden at our new place. I’ve never had a garden and my “green” thumb is more of a brownish, reddish, I will kill you soon enough thumb. So wish us luck because we/I really need it.
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Our Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific visit

On Thursday my sons school went on their big end of the year field trip. This year it was at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific. If you have never been and live in the area I highly recommend the aquarium for a family trip. While the trip can be a little pricey it’s still cheaper then going to a theme park and this is educational. You can purchase discounted tickets online here
I’ve never been on a field trip before, last year when my son was in school we ended up missing his field trip due to a family emergency so this was all new to me. I loved every second of it. I had four kids in my group and it was cute to see the totally different personalities but they all had one thing in common. Excitement. They were all beyond excited to see every single thing they could while we were there which was a lot.

Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific
“Home to more than 11,000 ocean animals, representing nearly 500 species, the Aquarium celebrates the planet’s largest and most diverse body of water: the Pacific Ocean. Featuring 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits, the Aquarium of the Pacific is a world-class aquarium, exploring the waters of Southern California and Baja, the Northern Pacific, and the Tropical Pacific.”-http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/exhibits/
With so much to see five hours wasn’t nearly enough time to take it all in but I think we managed to go through most of the exhibits that were open, even if we did walk/run right through some. It was still an amazing trip.
And now onto the pictures. I took over 200 pictures and since I can’t post them all here (that would just be a little overkill) I will share a few of my favorites.
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